“Sunset, West Twenty-Third Street,” completed in 1906, is another evocative take on the city by John Sloan, with a solitary figure, dramatic sky, and representations of daily life: laundry on a line.
Sloan had a thing for the triple combo of women, rooftops, and laundry, as these paintings reveal.
“A study of dramatic beauty and unexpected tranquility in an undistinguished urban landscape, ‘Sunset, West Twenty-third Street,’ displays Sloan’s ability early in his career to transform a utilitarian setting into a more sublime vista.”
That’s from the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, which has the painting in its collection.
“Although ‘Sunset, West Twenty-third Street’ could easily be understood as an image of an anonymous woman distracted from her laundry, the figure represented is the artist’s wife, Dolly, on the rooftop of the building that housed his studio.”
Where was his studio? At 165 West 23rd, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Here it is today via Google.
[Photo: John Sloan, 1891]